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that played out last week in connecticut. police say they aren't sure if the report was a hoax or not. the caller was reporting someone else had seen a gun. >>> developing news, i-5 closed to all northbound traffic north of reading. in the last hour, we learned, 75 vehicles were involved in the massive pile-up that closed i-5 more than 10 hours a big rig slammed into the median that triggered chain reaction that stretched more than two miles several taken to the hospital, including one who had to be air-lifted to oregon. the chp doesn't know when this road will reopen. shelters are being offered to people who are stuck behind the closure. black ice and bad weather are being blamed for the accident >>> abc news has learned president obama is planning on addressing the school tragedy in newton, connecticut. he will hold a briefing at the white house at 8:45, our time, we -- he will announce vice president biden will spearhead an interagency process to form new policies to respond to the school tragedy. abc news plans on carrying a special report when that happens. stay with the abc7 mor
today. earlier connecticut police escorted a hearse with victoria soto trying to protect her students she died hiding them in a closet. back-to-back funerals with mourners today paying respects to the school principal there who reportedly died trying to stop the gunman after he forced his way into the school. investigators are trying to figure out why he did it. what drove the 20-year old to kill all those people, mostly kids? a person who knew the family says lanza may have snapped after learning his mother was landing to commit him to a psychiatric facility. he may have thought his mother cared more about the school kids with whom she volunteered more than she cared about him of the likely, we will never know for sure. connecticut chief medical examiner is looking into genetic clues that could provide answers about the young man who left behind so much carnage. rick, what is the latest? rick: well, as you mentioned, the medical examiner is asking for help from scientist on what might have led him down the dark path. the medical examiner is waiting for toxicology results and does not
out of respect for the people of newtown, connecticut. newtown, connecticut. "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good morning. thank you so much for joining us. i'm carol costello. first up, president obama and the first step toward new gun control laws. as you might remember, he promised those changes on sunday at a heart wrenching vigil for the school shooting victims in connecticut. this morning mr. obama will announce that vice president joe biden will lead the effort to form new policies and rein in gun violence. this morning's briefing comes as newtown prepares to bury several students and a beloved teacher. vicki soto used her body to shield students from the gunman. the national rifle association finally breaks its silence. the nra promising to take part in a gun control debate it has scheduled a friday announcement. more on that in a minute. first to the white house and cnn's dan lothian. >> reporter: white house aides say this will be a chance for the president to talk more about the process of setting up this effort which, as you pointed out,
children and two teachers have been killed. >> ifill: we sit down with retiring connecticut senator joe lieberman, the democrat turned independent reflects on the tragedy in his home state and his 24 years in u.s. senate. >> there is reason for people to be angry skeptical and cynical about the willingness or capacity of congress to act or stop mass violence in our country. >> woodruff: and kwame holman remembers conservative jurist former solicitor general and failed supreme court nominee robert h. bork. >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> support also comes from >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> ifill: the school shootings that shook the nation sparked a new call to action at the white house today. the president vowed to have proposals ready for the new congress that convenes next month. somber scenes of mourni
of a connecticut school. the formation of an interagency task force headed by none other than vice president joe biden, long time advocate of gun control. >> he wants to expand the conversation beyond those specific areas of legislation to look at other ways we can address this problem. >> back in the devastating hamlet of newtown, connecticut, five funerals and four wakes, a combination of nine different services held for sandy hook victims including the funerals for hero teacher vicki soto who died trying to hide her students and principal dawn hochsprung, who reportedly died trying to stop the gunman. a wake will be held in new york for teacher anne marie murphy who lost her life also. new today, we're learning the students of sandy hook will return to school but in a neighboring community of monroe. they start back january 2nd. for the rest of newtown, a new normal settled over the community with other area schools open, with students in their second day back in class. >> whether you wait a day or a month or whatever, you know, there is no -- there is no rule book. >> the nra breaking its si
the connecticut shooting as a reason for republicans to compromise on the fiscal cliff. in a long defense of the white house offer. john boehner explained the plan "b" in less than one minute. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. the battle how to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, ramped up as both sides were long on threat and short on movement. if negotiations go up in smoke, as you might imagine, both president obama and speaker boehner insist it's the other guy's fault. as he announced that vice president biden will spearhead the response to the mass shooting in connecticut, president obama hit with series of questions about fiscal cliff. >> if this has done anything, give us perspective. >> twice, he used the gun tragedy, plus sandy to sell the budget plan. >> when you think of what we have gone through over the last couple of months, devastating hurricane. now one of the worst tragedies in our memory. the country deserves folks to be willing to compromise on behalf of the greater good. >> in private, minutes before the news conference. the presid
including 20 young first-graders at a connecticut elementary school. we're told he will announce the effort today. it will happen a couple hours from now. bill: steve centanni from the white house. what do we expect there, steve? >> reporter: well, bill, we expect the president and vice president joe biden come into the briefing room in a couple hours and begin process gathering information from inside their administration to formulate new policy, any kind of policy. any idea that could prevent this kind of mass violence, these kind of school shootings to happen in the future. this cops as newt town, connecticut, deals with the mass shooting. the yesterday administration officials met with a father of a teenager killed in the 1999 columbine shooting in colorado. monday the president met with members of his cabinet to gather ideas what might be done in the areas of mental health, school security, and gun control. most likely to push to renew the ban on assault weapons. press secretary jay carney talked about the challenge ahead of them. let's listen. >> it is clear as a nation we haven't don
the shooting in connecticut on friday. but this is just a really a sign now that things are very much heating up here, that we will be hearing from them on friday and that we heard from the president getting specific today, brooke. >> nra releasing a statement after our show yesterday. shocked, saddened by the news. we'll await the news conference on friday. brianna keilar for me at the white house. thank you very much. >>> now talking about the president here, his attention quickly turned during the briefing today to the fiscal cliff. which, keep in mind, is less than two weeks away. no deal yet, but in the past couple of days, it appears both sides are inching closer. all that said, president obama seemed frustrated today. watch this. >> at some point there has got to be i think a recognition on the part of my republican friends that, you know, take the deal. you know, they will be able to claim that they have worked with me over the last two years to reduce the deficit more than any other deficit reduction package. that we will have stabilized it for ten years. that is a significant achiev
, connecticut. i want to bring in "usa today" washington bureau chief susan page and for "the chicago sun times," lynn swede. good morning. let me start with the fiscal cliff, pause because we only ha days left. harry reid declared boehner's plan doa. let me play what he said. >> every time we get down to getting something for the long-term financial security of this country, they take that football and it is a charlie brown episode, they jerk the ball away. >> so, lynn, what is the strategy with plan b? >> well, actually the white house just said this morning that obama would veto plan b, so it may be boehner needs to look for c, d, e and f going into further negotiations because the -- i think the reality is that there is movement on both sides. i think boehner looked -- wanted to look prudent to his members and put out -- float this other plan. and this is all the negotiations. i think they still just have to get more spending cuts, obama has his left flank exposed with his cost of living issues dealing with social security. so i still think they're heading very slowly towards a deal, 13 yea
, clips, mental illness, and a violent culture. it's the brew that blew in newtown, connecticut. is there something we can do? the fiscal cliff. the president now says we're so close it makes no sense to fail. let's see tonight how close is close and whether or not the grownups can bring this to a healthy conclusion. and back to benghazi. there are reports in the state department's being blamed here. didn't have the protection they asked for. did they keep asking enough? the report says no. but what if they had? would they have gotten the re-enforcements but the cia said they didn't want their cover blown? again, let's get serious. joining me now to talk about gun violence is martin o'malley and governor ed rendell. thank you for joining me. president obama spoke forcefully this afternoon about needing to take action on gun safety. let's listen. >> this time the words need to lead to action. we know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply help passions and political divides. we need to work making access to work on mental health care as easy as access to a gun. and any actions
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